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A point of history 2 - 'Wire and Chocolate' Multi-cache

Hidden : 01/31/2011
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

A simple multi to introduce those of you who are unfamiliar with the area to a little more of the history in and around Abbotsford Point.

'Wire and Chocolate' are not an association that naturally springs to mind, but on this site, now a village of high-rise residential units and two-storey town-houses, there used to be a hive of industry. At the western end of the bay was the Nestle chocolate factory, constructed in 1918, and incorporating Abbotsford House, built by the physician, philanthropist and politician, Sir Arthur Renwick around 1890. This lovely old house was used by Nestle as administrative offices while the factory was in existence and was preserved and refurbished when the site was redeveloped for housing at the end of the 20th century. Today it stands in its own grounds overlooking Abbotsford Cove Foreshore Park and the Parramatta River. The rest of the site was occupied by the BHP Wire Mill from 1884 until the end of 1998. The only remaining relics preserved from over 100 years of industry on the site are several large, wooden gate posts, a wharf crane and some pieces of historic machinery now located at the eastern end of the bay. In addition, the original use of the site has been preserved in the name of the landscaped area adjoining the waterfront: Wiremill Park. I would suggest parking on Walton Crescent, Abbotsford Cove and making your way into the park down the steps into Montrose Reserve or via Abbotsford Cove Drive where it meets Walton Crescent. The first, and only waypoint can be found at these co-ordinates: S: 33 50.953’ E: 151 07.942’ To calculate the southings for GZ, add the age at which the PPP obtained a title to the co-ordinates below. Similarly, deduct the total number of years he was a graduate from the eastings. S: 33 50.860’ E: 151 08.252’ The cache is a small sandwich box-type container (big enough for about 4 sandwiches and 3 tim-tams). No sandwiches in there, but it does contain some small swops including a QuickFlix gift card for 2 free months of DVD rental. This is valid currently but as I have no idea how long for, I would suggest its quick removal by any interested cachers! There is also a lovely geocoin, dedicated to the memory of Pepper the cat that perhaps someone would move on to somewhere nice? Thanks :-)


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